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What Had Happened Was: 9/27/16

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Monday night marked the first game for the Miami Marlins since the tragic death of pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was lost in a boating accident early Sunday. It was a deeply emotional night with players from both teams, fans and even announcers unable to hold back tears. But there was no more tear-jerking moment than what happened when Marlins leadoff hitter Dee Gordon stepped into the box. This one is for you, Jose.


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Jose Fernandez: He was us. He was our story.



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Our brother Justin Tinsley penned an important open letter to the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh during a painful and difficult part of Bosh’s life:

Dear Chris,

Off the rip, I just want to say I don’t claim to know anything about your current medical condition outside of what has been reported. Lord knows I’m a lot of things, but a doctor isn’t one of them. That said, I don’t know how else to say this, CB, so I’ll just come right out and say it. I want you to leave. I cannot, in good conscience, watch you play basketball knowing you’re risking it all for my entertainment.

I do know that you’re battling blood clots that have affected both a leg and lung. I know that the emotional strife this has put you and your family and the Miami Heat through is painful to watch. I know that this physical condition has brought your Hall of Fame career to a standstill. And I know that with Pat Riley’s statement today saying your Heat career being “likely over” that the writing is on the wall.

Selfishly, I want you to retire and cap off what will be the greatest Hall of Fame class ever: 2021 could feature you, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan. But it’s far deeper than even that. When I saw you in Toronto in February for All-Star Weekend, the rumors of your clots returning were the talk of media day. Everyone was concerned. Not for how it would impact the Heat’s playoff chances, but how it impacted you.


Ryan Cortes is a staff writer for The Undefeated. Lemon pepper his wings.

Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.